Passenger Found with Box Cutter, Frontier Airlines Flight Diverted to Atlanta


A Frontier Airlines flight was diverted to Atlanta after an unruly passenger on board was found with a box cutter. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a statement in this regard.

The incident on Frontier Airlines flight:

The incident happened on Friday night on Frontier Airlines flight 1761. The flight was going from Cincinnati to Tampa. It left the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 7:20 p.m. When the flight was mid-air, a passenger, Lillian Hoffman, noticed that her fellow passenger had a box cutter. Also, he threatened to stab a person.

Everyone wondered how the box could not be detected by the television imaging system. But when the complaint was received, his belongings were searched and the box cutter was located. A second box cutter was later found in the passenger’s carry-on luggage.

The box cutter was given back to the passenger after removing the blades from it. He was also notified that it was illegal to keep such things while being on board.

According to TSA, the employees who screened the traveler’s items before the flight did not follow protocol and were not able to detect the cutter during the security check procedure. Those employees have been put into training for physical checking and television imaging review.

When the Frontier Airlines flight safely landed at Atlanta airport, the man was handed over to the police for further investigation. The rest of the passengers were flown to Tampa from Atlanta the next day.

The caught man is yet to be identified. He had two backpacks and also possessed a temporary driving license from Ohio.

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